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smaller meals more

I try to mix up the foods I eat. I try to eat smaller meals more often. Lots of different foods. It helps me feel less deprived. I also enjoy the hungry girl cookbook lots of low calorie recipes.

- Submitted by MAGGGGG 3/28/2010 in Cooking | 1 Comment

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Cooking for One? Make the same recipe but immediately separate one portion and freeze the extra portions

I have tons of trouble with portion control when I cook. So, when I make a recipe that results in 4 servings, I try to immediately weigh out one portion to use, and freeze the rest in single portion containers - I label them with the recipe name & date using masking tape & a black sharpie.

- Submitted by REBECCAFRIEDMAN 3/28/2010 in Cooking | 3 Comments

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Clean As You Go

I don't like to clean up after I finish cooking, so I got into the habit of cleaning as I mess things up. That way when I finish cooking my kitchen is clean too.

- Submitted by LIL-VIXEN 3/27/2010 in Cooking | 11 Comments

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Don't throw it out

If I have any fruit that is about to go bad like apples, berries, or peaches I like to cook them down with some splenda if they need it. I freeze in small containers and always have fruit to add to my plain yogurt or cottage cheese

- Submitted by GOLIONS 3/27/2010 in Cooking | 7 Comments

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Chef Meg

She's made a great change in my way of life. Without sacrificing taste, I've gained healthy habits AND lost weight!

- Submitted by BLAZINGPHOENIX 3/27/2010 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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Plan Ahead

Prepare food ahead of time. It will save alot of frustration. Enjoy every bite you deserve good food! The better you eat the more you will lose. Have Fun with food!

- Submitted by RAINBOWSKY1 3/27/2010 in Cooking | 0 Comments

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mashed potatoes

I find mash potatoes to be very boring and tasteless, so when I cook them now I'll add a head of cauliflour and boil them together then mash them. Put them in a casserole dish sprinkled with cheddar and broil till the top is browned, Great flavor and everyone loves them. emoticon

- Submitted by WALKINGDAVE 3/27/2010 in Cooking | 3 Comments

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Using Veggies as a Filler

I add extra fresh veggies to everything now. Everyone in my family loves broccoli so we eat it with almost every dinner. It can be a side, a main dish, added to pasta. I even made a pot of chili last weekend and added shredded carrots and broccoli (very finely chopped) just for the nutrients!

- Submitted by RIKKIRIKKIRIKKI 3/27/2010 in Cooking | 2 Comments

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Making it better

I have found that substituting salt with red pepper and herbal seasonings take away the need for that salty taste.

- Submitted by GEEKYBLACKGIRL 3/27/2010 in Cooking | 1 Comment

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Baking

I love to bake and I substitute everything I can and still have great taste. I will use egg whites for most of the eggs, applesauce for 1/2 the oil and splenda for 1/2 of the sugar. I also use mini chocolate chips and use less.

- Submitted by MBSKIT 3/27/2010 in Cooking | 1 Comment
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